In 2020, universities across England will be submitting to the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) for the first time. The KEF will measure performance in seven different areas, including working with businesses, local growth and regeneration and skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Research England (who will administer the KEF) intends for it to be a tool that will increase effectiveness in the use of public funding for KE, create a culture of continuous improvement in universities and increase awareness of the types of support universities can provide.
During the course of this year, universities will also be considering their responses to the new Knowledge Exchange Concordat; a joint initiative by Universities UK and GuildHE to help guide universities in making informed decisions in shaping their KE strategies. The Concordat sets out eight guiding principles of themes for institutions to consider when creating/shaping/changing their KE provision.
To help BU prepare for these changes and to develop its knowledge exchange activities, a Knowledge Exchange Working Group is being established. The group is being led by Ian Jones, Head of External Engagement and Professor Wen Tang, in her capacity as Chair of the HEIF Funding Panel. We are currently recruiting for academic members of the group.
Role of working group members
We are looking make four academic appointments to the group, who will help to shape the future direction of knowledge exchange at Bournemouth University. We are interested in recruiting staff who, between them, have taken part in a variety of knowledge exchange activities and who have worked with a wide range of non-academic organisations.
Members of the working group will be expected to work as part of team in order to review BU’s strengths and weaknesses in knowledge exchange and make recommendations for change.
The working group will meet c. 4 times per year. Terms of reference for the working group can be downloaded here.
To apply for the role, please submit a short expression of interest (no more than 1 page) to the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Working Group (via firstname.lastname@example.org), outlining how you meet the following criteria:
- Experience of developing or leading a range of knowledge exchange activities (scored out of 5: Working group members are expected to have taken part in or led on a range of knowledge exchange activities as part of their research. Please give examples of these activities, outlining your role and what happened as a result of these activities.
- Experience of working with a variety of different non-academic organisations (scored out of 5): We are looking to appoint academics who, between them, have worked with a variety of different types of organisations and with a wide range of different industries. Please outline your experience and what it would bring to the working group.
- Demonstrable interest in developing knowledge exchange at BU (scored out of 5): Working group members will be expected to work together to review BU’s strengths and weaknesses in knowledge exchange and make recommendations for change. Please state why you would like to be part of the group and how you would work to make it a success.
Please submit your application to email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday 18 March.
Applications will be reviewed by the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Panel after 18 March. Applicants will be contacted about the outcome during the week of 23 March.